URBANA — Mayor Laurel Prussing has issued an emergency order for Unofficial St. Patrick's Day, but hers is more limited in scope than the one Champaign Mayor Don Gerard issued last week.
Urbana typically has far fewer problems at bars on Unofficial St. Patrick's Day than Champaign, as it has far fewer campus bars. Prussing's order is confined to a two-block section of campus, which in reality includes only one bar: The Canopy Club at 708 S. Goodwin Ave.
Prussing, who also acts as the city's liquor commissioner, has ordered that the bar not serve alcohol before 11 a.m. on March 7. It may not serve pitchers of alcohol at all on March 7, and it cannot serve drinks in glass or metal containers.
The bar will not be allowed to permit entry to anyone under 21 years old before 9 p.m. on March 7. Typically, the entry age at The Canopy Club is 18. After 9 p.m., 18- to 20-year-olds may be allowed in.
Unofficial St. Patrick's Day is a daylong drinking event held each year by University of Illinois students. It is a substitute for the real St. Patrick's Day, since students typically are on spring break and away from campus on March 17.